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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Eighteenth century

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January 03, 1861

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski was built by the U.S. Army to protect Savannah from attack, but no one ever dreamed that it would be attacked by the U.S. Army.

The for...
January 12, 1798

James Jackson

James Jackson was a pugnacious politician with a fiery temper.

Born in England in 1756, he came to Savannah as a teen and fought in the American Rev...
January 17, 1796

William Washington Gordon

Georgia and its cotton industry may well have gone off the tracks if it hadn’t been for William Washington Gordon.

In 1835, Gordon was instrumen...
January 28, 1791

Mary Telfair

Southern benefactor she was, Southern belle she was not. She nurtured the oldest public art museum in the South.

Mary Telfair was born in Augusta on...
October 19, 1790

Lyman Hall

Lyman Hall was an ordained minister, a doctor and one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence, quite a resume for a man born in Connecticu...

January 02, 1788

Georgia Ratifies the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution has always been contentious. Our sacred charter was born in controversy and remains so to this day.

Georgia elected six delegat...
February 10, 1787

William Few

He was the other signer from Georgia of the U.S. Constitution.

William Few was born in 1748 in Maryland and moved to Richmond County near Aug...
November 20, 1785

James Wright

He was the last Georgia governor who answered to the King.

James Wright, born in London in 1716, came to South Carolina as a teenager when his fathe...
January 27, 1785

University of Georgia Chartered

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." So said Jam...
January 06, 1785

Samuel Elbert

Samuel Elbert had every reason to support the British during the American Revolution. A successful and conservative Savannah businessman, he might favor securi...

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